Judge says Fisk broke O'Keeffe gift rules but should keep artwork


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A judge has ruled that Fisk University broke the terms of a donation from painter Georgia O'Keeffe but shouldn't lose its art collection to a New Mexico museum.

Nashville Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle placed a permanent ban on Fisk selling the 101-piece collection and set a deadline for when the historically black university must retrieve the artwork from storage and put it on display.

Lyle had rejected several previous attempts by the cash-strapped school to sell artworks, including O'Keeffe's signature 1927 oil painting "Radiator Building -- Night, New York."

The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in New Mexico had sued to gain the rights over the collection because of the schools' attempts to sell paintings and because they weren't on display.

The Santa Fe museum is the legal representative of the artist's estate.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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